Declaration betrayed by haggling over definitions

Editor,This is the state of our political discourse: commentators are haggling over whether cages holding people without means to clean themselves, stay warm or lie down should really be called “concentration camps” or some more benign word.We are quarreling over whether nasty language aimed specifically at people of color is actually “racist” or just harsh. (Our congressman calls it “patriotic”.)It […]

Return Golden State to former glory

Editor,I once was a magnificent state and referred to as the Golden State with my magnificent landscape, beaches and mild weather. I was known for being a progressive state, on the cutting edge of innovation. I was the envy of other states. Songs were written about me. People couldn’t wait to come to me, explore my many treasures and live […]

Bret Harte history teacher speaks on project-based learning at national conference

A local history teacher recently took her knowledge across the country.Bret Harte High School advanced placement history teacher Jennifer Truman gave a presentation at the AP Annual Conference put on by the College Board in Orlando, Fla., on July 19.Truman, who has taught AP U.S. history at Bret Harte for the past 10 years, spoke on prioritizing project-based learning (PBL) […]